If you have ever tried looking for a job you can do from home, you have probably experienced this situation: You type a job you are qualified to go into the search box. The results that come back are almost all obvious business scams.
After realizing that people with common sense knew how to avoid scams, the scammers knew they had to find a way to trick more people. Their solution was to create jobs that appear official until you send in your resume.
If you have applied for a job that is not what it seems, you will quickly find out as scammers do not waste time before replying to your email. Typically they will offer you a staggering amount of money for a promise of little or no work. The job you originally applied for will change before your eyes.
So how can you protect yourself from these schemes? What can you possibly do to assure that you are applying for a legitimate job and not wasting your time and energy on a scam? The options available to you are simple.
First, you can send an e-mail further clarifying the position prior to sending any personal information. If the \”company\” is a scam operation, you will know simply by their response. Secondly, when you do feel confident enough to send your resume, etc., be sure to remove any personal information (home or cell number, address, etc.)
The only information that has to be on your first resume is an email address and your name. If you are applying to an actual company for a real job opening, they will be able to tell if you are qualified by your job history and other information without needing to know your personal contact information until they are ready to hire you.
It makes no sense that anyone who initially was going to take an at home job for 9 dollars an hour would really believe they could do the same thing for a hundred times that amount. One has to wonder how many people actually are suckered into these home business scams.
Another obvious scam is to solicit money from you in order for you to make a ton of money back. This should automatically send up red flags. Even if the website looks completely normal, do not let your guard down as you never know when a scam will find you.
Finally, remember the old saying that never loses any relevance: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We all know that you have to work to make money, and working at home is no exception. It’s up to us to make sure the perpetrators of home business scams don’t waste our time and energy.